James Willett: Training & Team Selection Update

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GC2018 is just six months away - has your training ramped up?

My training has remained at the same level as I still have another 4 major events this year with 2 commonwealth games selection events, Oceania/Commonwealth games test event and the ISSF World Cup Final. So I am still training between 3 and 5 days a week at the moment with these events coming up.

What keeps you motivated?

I really enjoy the sport of clay target shooting so I am always motivated to keep training as I know this is the only way I will perform at my best at the competitions ahead. One of my life goals in the sport is to win the Olympic Games so this is a big motivator and keeps me competing.

Do you have a mentor?

I have a great team of people around me which are always helping me in my shooting career with both coaching and mentoring. My father Arthur Willett, Shane Pinner and Russell Mark all help keep me on track both on and off the shooting range. I have also been lucky enough to have had a scholarship from the Sport Australia Hall of Fame which involved Stan Longinidis being by mentor last year and this was great as Stan worked with me on the power of mindset and this is important in our sport.

Team selection for each sport has a different process - what events do you have left, to secure an Australian team nomination?

In my sport we have 5 selection events over 2017 which at each event our qualifying score counts plus any extra points we get from the final. So we have 2 events remaining this year with the NSW state titles in Sydney in October and the Shooting Australia Open in early December.

Have you had any setbacks over the past six months?

The past six months have ran smooth with really no setbacks.

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